Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.
Whitton Road in Twickenham, England by Phillips Tracey Architects
July 31st, 2015 by Sumit Singhal
Article source: Phillips Tracey Architects
Whitton Road is a recently completed refurbishment, rear extension and loft conversion to a two storey, end of terrace Victorian home in Twickenham. The design makes efficient use of the existing footprint of the house, rearranges spaces to suit modern family life, and refurbishes original spaces and features.
The house now contains a combination of cellular and open plan spaces. Original rooms have a simple finish, with upgraded services and retained period features. In contrast, the new kitchen opens out onto the new dining and family living area. The new space is flooded with natural light from a glazed side return and full height sliding aluminium framed doors.
The new rear elevation is lowered to allow level access to the garden. Orientated towards the garden, it creates a new physical and visual link between inside and outside. As well as providing more living space, the extension addresses the splayed geometry of the garden and helps to provide a robust and defined boundary to the site.
A compact new oak staircase leads to the upper floors. Bedrooms and bathrooms on the first floor have been upgraded, with a modest first floor rear extension providing additional space. In the attic a new en suite bedroom makes excellent use of the roof space, maximising the use of the building envelope.
The original building is a double fronted traditional Victorian house. While the restored Whitton Road elevation retains its strong original character, it is juxtaposed with a more contemporary side elevation to provide a positive architectural addition to the neighbourhood. Here a series of clerestory windows, set beneath a zinc roof, appear to float above a tall new boundary wall. The brick and slate palette used for the first floor of the new extension connects the new with the old, while two zinc-faced dormers add a final contemporary flourish.
Existing materials are used both as a point of reference for the extension and to create several architectural points of interest, including the internal use of exposed whitewashed brickwork. The simple yet rich palette includes red stocks to the road frontages and painted stone heads and cills, yellow stock to the rear with red brick detailing, a slate roof and timber sash windows and doors. The front and rear gardens have also been re-landscaped as part of the design, using a mixture of decking, paving, planting and new brick boundary walls.
In an effort to reduce carbon emissions and improve comfort levels, the solid external brick walls have been insulated with traditional cork and lime plaster lining and all glazing has been replaced with matching double glazed sash windows. Additional refurbishment has also been made where necessary to modernise services, including replacing the existing UPVC rainwater goods with polyester powder coated aluminium rainwater goods.
The property was completed in May 2015.
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